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    Current Planets
    31-Oct-2014, 23:07 UT/GMT
    Sun8Scorpio26'56"14s19
    Moon19Aquarius36'24"10s37
    Mercury19Libra55' 8"5s50
    Venus10Scorpio8'38"14s05
    Mars4Capricorn5'30"24s53
    Jupiter20Leo24'35"15n16
    Saturn23Scorpio52'11"16s52
    Uranus13Aries34'40"r4n43
    Neptune4Pisces51'51"r10s25
    Pluto11Capricorn22'48"20s40
    TrueNode19Libra8' 7"7s29
    Chiron13Pisces20'49"r1s58
    Explanations of the symbols
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The national chart of the Netherlands

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The formal foundation of the modern Netherlands occurred in 1581, under the proud and independent sign of Leo. The planet Pluto, as it moves through Sagittarius, both emphasises and transforms this strong, independent and self-expressive core, and although obvious changes will be necessary through European unification it seems that the Netherlands will experience great benefits and a strengthening and validation of her national identity and creative contribution.

This may also be felt economically, as Pluto moves through the part of the birth chart concerned with national resources and wealth, suggesting that material as well as creative benefits are likely to enhance a sense of well-being over the next few years. Meanwhile, Uranus, planet of change and disruption, comes back to its place in the birth chart - a full 84-year cycle - and, despite invoking a certain resistance and conservatism, reflects a willingness to embrace the sense of a larger human family and all the changes this is likely to imply on the domestic level.

There is a curious paradox in the birth chart of the Netherlands: Saturn and Uranus both placed in Aquarius in the sphere concerned with roots suggest that there is a deep inherent conflict which impels the nation first toward isolation, then toward a more global consciousness. This fundamental tension is likely to be aggravated as Uranus and also Neptune move through Aquarius, but ultimately the innate willingness on the part of this nation to embrace new and challenging ideas - one of the most attractive dimensions of the country's history - will transform any reactionary elements and truly usher in a new age.

Liz Greene, 1999

(Data used: 26 July 1581, 12.00 pm LMT, The Hague)

Current Planets
31-Oct-2014, 23:07 UT/GMT
Sun8Scorpio26'56"14s19
Moon19Aquarius36'24"10s37
Mercury19Libra55' 8"5s50
Venus10Scorpio8'38"14s05
Mars4Capricorn5'30"24s53
Jupiter20Leo24'35"15n16
Saturn23Scorpio52'11"16s52
Uranus13Aries34'40"r4n43
Neptune4Pisces51'51"r10s25
Pluto11Capricorn22'48"20s40
TrueNode19Libra8' 7"7s29
Chiron13Pisces20'49"r1s58
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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